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Board of Trustees

Trustees Planning Meeting
Trustees Planning Meeting

We have a committed and effective board that are proactive and enjoy helping us run Eight Bells, their support is invaluable.

Steve Masters – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Steve Masters

Steve has lived in and around Thatcham for 12 years having settled in the town after retiring having served almost 20 years in the Royal Air Force. During his time as a aircraft technician Steve developed a growing interest in the environment and the effect human activity is having on it. After battling depression and experiencing homelessness Steve rebuilt his life with the support of friends and family and returned to education in order to study a degree in Social History at Ruskin College in Oxford. He is Chair of the West Berkshire Green Party and is a development officer for West Berkshire Health Watch. Steve is a proud father of three boys and a Grandfather. In his spare time he travels with his children, cycles and tries to live life to the full.

TBD – Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Tahira Kulsoom – Treasurer

Tahira has worked across various roles within the third sector supporting individuals to achieve their full potential via learning or employment. Her motivation is for everyone to discover the best of themselves and show the world. Loves working with spreadsheets so thought would be good idea to put it to some use within the treasurer role. In her spare time likes to do a bit of diy and supporting her family.

Verity Murricane

I am proud to be a founding member of Eight Bells. Over the years I have been associated with a number of other community groups, completed a degree part-time a few years ago and I am currently a member of the sovereign housing association board.

Brenda Wilson

Founder Member of Eight Bells and was member of the Advisory Board. I help open up on Thursdays and I am a keen member of the Art Group and the Music Group. I have lived in Newbury since 1987 and I have to worked as a clerk or secretary in local firms.

Pam Cooper

Pam is a veteran charity campaigner who has run everything from a ‘mum and toddler group’ to a ‘fair trade shop’, now as well as spending time with her family she is committed to helping Eight Bells succeed. She feels that mental health causes can be over looked and she wants to help end the stigma attached to mental health issues.

Patrick Dundas

Patrick is an IT project manager who having supported people with mental health issues close to him, he wants to support the aims of Eight Bells and see it thrive. Responsible for all technical matters, IT and website.

Sarah Fordham

Sarah works in local government in Andover.

Tim Hutchinson

Tim graduated from London School of Economics with an MSc in Politics and worked in national policy in the mental health and child development sector, helping to drive change in funding and prominence of the early years amongst national policy makers. Having recently finished a Masters in Psychology Tim now works in direct provision in the mental health and complex needs sector.

Russell Shackleton

Russ has lived in Newbury for the past 4 years, he works with companies to help them improve their corporate governance, develop their strategies and manage change. He is keen to bring these skills as a Trustee to enable Eight Bells to help more people.

During his career Russ has witnessed the impact of work place stress on peoples mental health, and has had a growing interest in mental health for a number of years.

He has a passionate belief in empowering people and social justice. He is an Enterprise Advisor at a local school and a Fellow of the RSA. In his spare time he travels, and is a cricket and rugby league fan.

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